How urbanisation requires a new definition amidst the COVID19 pandemic ?

How Cities and Architecture Respond to the Coronavirus

COVID-19 has affected the whole world. With the constant rise in new cases and an increasing number of death tolls, the pandemic has undoubtedly brought down the world to its knees. The global economy is witnessing a significant downfall, and the stocks have crashed already. With such adverse effects of the pandemic, the cities and countries are now aware of their shortcomings of the health infrastructure and urban strategic planning that could have helped contain the virus. 

The notions of city and resilience planning have been shattered. The world has responded to this pandemic by locking down entire towns and countries. With no vaccination developed for the deadly virus, the only solution to contain the virus seems to be isolation. With social distancing being the need of the hour, people are now spending all their time at their premises. Living under one roof for such a long period has tested the metro cities that are dependent on outdoors for their every requirement, precisely grocery needs.

Unlike the rural areas, where people own large pieces of land and indulge in farming and gardening practices, urban city residents are finding it hard to sustain this lockdown. Because the roads are closed and public transport is suspended until an indefinite period, the car-dependent cities have to converge to singular points for shopping. Now, with the constant urge to practice social distancing and avoid mass interactions, urban city residents are finding it hard due to the centralized planning ideologies.

This kind of planning has undoubtedly increased the chances of mass interactions that may lead to increased opportunities for the spread of the virus. Decentralization may have helped in not only reducing the social interactions but also in reducing vehicle dependency. It would have encouraged smaller communities to sustain on their own even after disconnecting from the larger city.

And this is one of the reasons why metro cities are at a higher risk of catching the virus, as compared to smaller towns or rural areas, for instance. One can’t deny the availability of the best healthcare infrastructure present in the urban context as compared to the rest of the cities. Still, the constant increase in the population of metropolitan cities has led to a significant setback while containing the virus.

Due to the constant popularity of smart cities, and with the government-initiated projects, the IoT market is expected to reach 20 billion by this year. It is going to double up by 2025. This might be great news for the constantly crashing economy. However, it has also welcomed a plethora of criticisms regarding the only use to be limited for monetary gains. Reason being the limitation of data communication between smart city devices across systems. It calls for an urgent need for standardization of protocols between smart city operators and device manufacturers.

As the world is getting exposed in terms of architectural and urban infrastructure amidst the pandemic, there should be discussions regarding the examination of the health sphere. The Architectural and Urban organizations, like the International Union of Architects (UIA), the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), and others alongside big ICT corporations should get together on the future of cities on the sustainability factors. The biggest and grandest of the cities unfortunately failed to sustain the adverse effects of the virus. And this has to be a topic of concern for the rest of the world.

The entangled relationships of the urban dimensions need to be voiced out by the professionals. While witnessing a global catastrophe, it is necessary that people collaborate in making a better and sustainable future that undertakes to provide higher liveability in every corner of the world.

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